A Travel Guide To Jaipur,
India’s City of Palaces
Jaipur is a city that has a glorious past. Home to many palaces, forts and temples, the city should be on every traveller’s list of must-visit places in India. There are many sites to see in Jaipur and if you love architecture, there is a lot of opportunity to walk through artfully designed structures such as carved walls, intricately decorated windows and stately moats. I have been to Jaipur 3 times. My experience was so nice that I wouldn’t mind another repeat. Here is my travel guide to Jaipur.
Travel Guide to Jaipur
1. Visit Amer Fort (Amber Fort)
Every time I am in Jaipur, the stunning palaces of Jaipur make me lose track of time. I can explore the palaces of Jaipur all day! Amer or Amber Fort is my favorite! It sits on the top of a hill near Maota Lake. The fort was once the home of the kings, until it was vacated when the Rajput capital shifted to Jaipur. Despite the fort lying in ruins, it is still an amazing site to visit. The gardens and temples inside the fort are beautiful and at a few places, you will find stunning artwork on walls, meshed windows and beautiful domes at the top of the fort. One can get to the top of the fort on a jeep.
- Location: Delhi Road
- Sites to See: Shila Devi Temple, Diwan-i-Am, Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors)
2. Enjoy Jaipur’s Skyline From the
At Hawa Mahal, one can relive Jaipur’s glorious past and also catch glimpses of the city and its beautiful attractions from inside the structure. Added benefits of visiting the Hawa Mahal as a tourist is that the palace is an excellent place to click delightful photographs. Those who are interested in the palace’s history can take a guided tour for a reasonable fee, with qualified tour guides available outside the palace.
- Location: Sireh Deorhi Bazaar
- Sites to See: Peep out of a jharokha (window) to enjoy the cool breeze and soak in stunning views of the city.
Visit the Iconic Hawa Mahal. Pic credit: Pixabay
3. Watch a Film at the
Rajmandir Movie Theatre
While in Jaipur, tourists should not miss out on watching a movie at the iconic Raj Mandir Theatre. The theatre is built in Art Deco style and the atmosphere inside the theatre during a Hindi film is something quite amazing. Film buffs shout, clap and participate wholeheartedly during the film screening. For First-Day-First-Show films, you might want to book tickets in advance.
- Location: Bhagwandas Road
- Show Timings: Check local listings or with the hotel reception or concierge desk
The Iconic Raj Mandir Theatre Pic by: Wikipedia
4. Witness the Gangaur Festival
Gangaur Festival is held each year around the same time as the festival of Holi. It is believed to be a celebration of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva’s union. Usually held between the months of March and April, the festival is a celebration of Rajasthani culture and colour. On the streets of Jaipur, you’ll find local musicians performing folk music, dancers moving to the beats of traditional music and a host of other cultural programs. Visit during the months of March and April to enjoy and soak in Rajasthan’s rich culture.
- Location: All Over The City
- Held During: March & April
5. Jal Mahal –
The floating palace in a lake.
There is no way you can miss Jal Mahal. With astounding views of Nahargarh hills and Man Sagar lake, it looks stunning, especially in night. Though you are not allowed inside the palace but you can soak in the views from the adjoining promenade. The architectural style is a melange of Rajput and Mughal styles.
6. Watch the Sunset From
The Nahargarh Fort
The Nahargarh Fort overlooks Jaipur and, from the top of the fort, you can behold stunning views of the city. It is also a good place to click landscape photographs and watch the sunset in the evening. Post sunset, stay back at the fort for a sound and light show that teaches you all about Nahargarh Fort’s glorious past.
- Location: Brahampuri
- Best Time To Visit: In the early evening
7. Visit The City Palace:
It is a huge complex consisting temples, manicured lawns, sprawling courtyards, museums, touristy souvenir shops etc. To this date the descendents of royal family live in one section of City Palace called Chandra Mahal. It is ticketed and open from 9:30 am to 5 pm.
8. Gaze at the Stars
One of the coolest sites to visit in Jaipur is the Jantar Mantar. At the site you will see many instruments and structures designed to measure the heavens and the stars. Spend the whole morning learning about how the instruments work. For the best experience, book a guided tour – guides are available near the ticket counter.
- Location: Gangori Bazaar
- Timings: 3:00 am to 4.30 pm
9. Go on a Shopping Spree
Jaipur is a shopper’s paradise. The city is well known for its traditional clothing, bangles, handicrafts and home decor items. Whether you are looking to buy ethnic Indian wear, get yourself a few souvenirs or want to check out the handicrafts, shop at local markets such as the Tripolia and the Bapu Bazaars.
10. Enjoy Street Food
Foodies will love exploring the different vegetarian varieties of snacks available at the many food stalls and street food carts in Jaipur. From breakfast items such as masala chai and pyaz kachori to snacks like Golgappa, Dal Bathi Churma and Mava Kachori.
WHERE TO STAY IN JAIPUR?
If you are looking for comfortable accommodations at reasonable rates, consider booking a room at Treebo hotels in Jaipur. Treebo’s rooms come with excellent amenities and the hotel offers excellent services such as free Wi-Fi and complimentary breakfast. You can also book hotels using Treebo’s online Hotel booking App for better discounts and offers.
HOW TO REACH JAIPUR?
Jaipur is only 268 kilometers (5 to 6 hrs) away from New Delhi, capital of India. It is well connected by rail and road. The road from New Delhi to Jaipur is excellent. You can drive down or take an air conditioned luxury bus from Bikaner House in Delhi. Jaipur has an airport as well.
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